Sunday 7 August 2022


 AI v ART 

part two

Attention is energy

“Home isn’t a place. It’s the people you’re with.”
​Xenia, Assassins Creed Odyssey

Attention energy is validation

We have added value when somebody recognises we exist.

Does the artist create goods-of-value
to gain attention for self-elevation? 

Does the artist create goods-of-value
because the artist is driven to do so,
without caring about other peoples opinion of the art? 

Self-evaluation is reliant on others opinions.

Does exploring this question help us to define what is ‘a real artist’? 

Is there a grey area between these things? 

“Nothing is ever finished.”
Peter Robinson



part one 

Is using AI to produce art “cheating” ? 

Do the paint and paintbrush manufacturers own the painting?

No. The artist is recognised to be the operator of the tools. 
The artists skill is recognised to be of quantifiable value. 

Does the tool manufacturer own the produce? 

The AI is a tool. 

-paint (photos to derive imagery from) 
-paintbrush (descriptor words to generate visual texture) 
-theme (style algorithms)

is the artists skill set. 

prime images from batches of hundreds, 
​of infinite potential, 
is the artists skill set.
The time consuming work involved. 

Producing the type of imagery the artist wants to look at,
to bring into the world,
to exist, to share a vision, 
is the artists skill set. 


 AI v ART 

part three


In Latin to ‘Profess’ is to state an aspiration. A professor was one who stated aspirations, which other’s often mistook for facts on the basis of professor having authority. 

The professors first profession is therefore that the professor has authority. That’s really what professing is all about. 

We should note the existence of professing predates the existence of the acadamy. 

We should also note ‘academic’ literally means irrelevant equally as much as it means qualified. 

Profession is all about qualification. 


Is one’s attitude toward and about one’s studies and practises a factor in what makes an artist an artist? 

“S/He’s taking it professionally.” 

Encourages people to believe s/he is a professional. 

We are living in the era of push-button procedurally generated AI art which is visually often at a level beyond even most of the old masters accomplishments. This question of validating artists is more relevant today than it ever has been. 

But, what is art? 

“Art is what is perceived by the observer to be art.” 

So that idiot who haphazardly dribbled out a sketchy abstract crayon scrawl onto a piece of torn cardboard and immediately forgot about it because sincerely does not care about productivity and value, has created a work which must be given equal consideration to an oil painting created by one skilled in technique who has studied intently all their life. 

If the kids prefer ‘crayon on card’ to ‘boring costly’ then crayon on card has won the debate. 

Modern art galleries are as full of crayon on card as they are oily boredom. The prices of either are negotiable, as both have fetched at auction prices into the millions. 

Therefore, the question regarding a persons attitude toward their products being relevant in properly defining them as an artist, is answered. 

The artists opinion has little to do with the public opinion as to what constitutes art and what art is worth. 

Proclamation of oneself as professional artist has become irrelevant. We all are. 

Yet the tools now available to artists, tools which enable any of us to become artists, are more advanced now than at any other time in history. 

We are living through a renaissance, on top of the 20th century renaissance because finally industrial technology and the realm of art have successfully merged. 

So what is the difference between the untrained pushing buttons on a phone and ordering print copies online, to the person struggling to buy paint and sell paintings to pay their bills? 

The keeping alive of traditional skills is a huge factor. Concern about living as embodiment of human culture vs enslavement to the machine. 

“Ain’t nobody got time for that.” Alexi 

At this time we’re living in a short window of commercial print versus handmade painting.

We already have 3-D printers, it won’t be long before we have printing machines which can replicate the application of physical paint onto a canvas, from source image.

“Imagination is not imaginary.” Mather’s, OGD